Medieval Polish Armies 966–1500

Medieval Polish Armies 966–1500

Men-at-Arms 445
  • Author: David Nicolle, Witold Sarnecki
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton, Ian Rotherham
  • Short code: MAA 445
  • Publication Date: 6 Feb 2008
  • Number of Pages: 48
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The history of Poland is a fascinating story of a people struggling to achieve nationhood in the face of internal and external conflict. Poland became a unified Christian state in AD 966 and by the 12th century a knightly class had emerged - a force that was integral to the defence of Poland against increasingly frequent foreign invasions. Intent on crushing rival Christian states, the Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonic Knights all mounted attacks but were beaten back by the Poles, as were invading Mongols and Turks. This book reveals the organisation, equipment and battle histories of the medieval Polish armies as they developed and modernised to emerge as one of the dominant powers of Eastern Europe.

Biographical Note

David Nicolle worked in the BBC Arabic service for a number of years, before going 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He later taught world and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. He has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years. Witold Sarnecki is a Polish museum curator who specialises in the medieval armies of Poland. Gerry is an internationally respected authority on military costume and material culture, in particular the 15th and 18th centuries. He has illustrated more than 40 Osprey titles. His company Time Machine AG has made 3D life sized historical figures for more than 60 museums world-wide. He and his son Samuel Embleton have collaborated on several works but this is Sam's first Osprey title.


Introduction - overview of medieval Poland Chronology of major military events Early Polish armies, 10th-12th Centuries Campaigns & tactics of early Piast rulers The Division of the Provinces, 1138-1320 The 14th Century unification 15th Century changes Polish heraldry

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